Potential threat at East Ascension High School being investigated

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
gfischer@weeklycitizen.com

Gonzales Police (GPD) sent out a press release saying that on Friday morning, February 16, they received information regarding a potential threat on the campus of East Ascension High School.

GPD says that the juvenile who made the threat has been removed from campus and is currently in the custody of Gonzales Police Detectives.

Moreover, EAHS is not on lockdown. The threat is being taken seriously and is currently under investigation.

Police are not taking the matter lightly, especially after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. this week. The GPD press release further states: "Due to incidents throughout the country recently, our City of Gonzales Police Department presence has been increased throughout all City of Gonzales schools. Protecting students, faculty, staff and administration throughout our area is a priority for our department. We ask that you be comforted in knowing that this matter is being handled swiftly and correctly, and that no threat is currently posed to anyone at East Ascension High School."

Principal Traci S. McCorkle also released this letter, which states:

"Dear Parents,

The East Ascension administration and law enforcement were notified about a potential threat. The individual who made the threat has been removed from campus and is under appropriate supervision.  Our highest priority is the safety of our students and at this time we are confident that our students and teachers are safe.

You may see an increased presence of law enforcement this morning at school as administrators work with them to fully investigate the matter. The safety and security of our campus remains of the utmost importance and will always be of the highest priority.

Classes are progressing as usual, and our day has not been altered by this. We hope you have a great weekend."

Ascension Parish Schools have assured GPD that classes are continuing.

UPDATE: From GPD: